New Vistas For The Frightened Dental Patient

In the last five years, an amazing new protocol helping people to be comfortable during dental procedures has been developed. In fact, it is being marketed as “sleep dentistry” in many places, even though that is really a misnomer. Using the drug, Triazolam, often in only a single dose, we can safely and predictably relax almost anyone to the point where they can comfortably tolerate the dentistry that they want or need done. In order to administer this treatment, the doctor has to take training and be certified by the State Board of Dental Examiners. The drug Triazolam has been sold as a sleeping pill, but it has a wonderful one-time effect, and it’s one of the safest drugs on the market. Most patients tell us they are calm and relaxed during their treatment, yet still awake. When they return to the office for their next visit, they report having slept a good part of the day, and really don’t remember much about being in the chair! With modern dentistry, there really shouldn’t be any significant discomfort while dental treatment is being performed, but often people who were traumatized as children just can’t shake that fear, and that is where these types of drugs are so wonderful. The only downside is that people who take this medication pretty much are limited for that day; they aren’t allowed to drive or do anything critical; most want to sleep for four or five hours afterwards. If you know of anyone who has significant dental concerns, but is too afraid to take care of them, have them give us a call and we will be glad to explain the whole process. It is a wonderful answer to that long-standing problem.